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  • Born to Use Micsby Michael Eric Dyson; Sohail Daulatzai

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 15.95

    The best and brightest writers of the hip-hop generation reflect upon the era?s landmark album: Nas?s Illmatic more...

  • The Beatby Kip Lornell; Charles C. Stephenson

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 25.00

    The Beat! was the first book to explore the musical, social, and cultural phenomenon of go-go music. In this new edition, updated by a substantial chapter on the current scene, authors Kip Lornell and Charles C. Stephenson, Jr., place go-go within black popular music made since the middle 1970s--a period during which hip-hop has predominated. This... more...

  • Let the World Listen Rightby Ali Colleen Neff

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 65.00

    In the Mississippi Delta, creativity, community, and a rich expressive culture persist despite widespread poverty. Over five years of extensive work in the region, author Ali Colleen Neff collected a wealth of materials that demonstrate a vibrant musical scene. Let the World Listen Right draws from classic studies of the blues as well as extensive... more...

  • Decodedby Jay-Z

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 4.99

    Expanded edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.   Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time. more...

  • Empire State of Mindby Zack O'Malley Greenburg; Steve Forbes

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 12.99

    "I'm not a businessman-I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z Some people think Jay-Z is just another rapper. Others see him as just another celebrity/mega-star. The reality is, no matter what you think Jay-Z is, he first and foremost a business. And as much as Martha Stewart or Oprah, he has turned himself into a lifestyle. You can wake up to the... more...

  • Def Jam, Inc.by Stacy Gueraseva; Brett Ratner

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 12.99

    In the early ?80s, the music industry wrote off hip-hop as a passing fad. Few could or would have predicted that the improvised raps and raw beats busting out of New York City?s urban underclass would one day become a multimillion-dollar business and one of music?s most lucrative genres. Among those few were two visionaries: Russell Simmons, a young... more...

  • The Tanning of Americaby Steve Stoute

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 13.99

    The business marketing genius at the forefront of today?s entertainment marketing revolution helps corporate America get hip to today?s new consumer?the tan generation. When Fortune 500 companies need to reenergize or reinvent a lagging brand, they call Steve Stoute. In addition to marrying cultural icons with blue-chip marketers, Stoute has helped... more...

  • Bring the Noiseby Simon Reynolds

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 14.57

    Writing on rock and hip-hop, and the creative tensions between the two, from the best-selling author of Rip It Up and Start Again. more...

  • How to Wreck a Nice Beachby Dave Tompkins

    Melville House 2011; US$ 22.95

    The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon's speech scrambling weapon The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular music. In How to Wreck a... more...

  • The Rap and Hip Hop Quiz Bookby Kevin Snelgrove

    Andrews UK 2011; US$ 3.99

    Are you a fan of rap and hip hop? Are you familiar with artists such as Snoop Dog, Ice T and Lil’ Kim? Can you name all the trailblazing rappers and singers and their hits? If so, you will enjoy trying to answer the 100 quick questions in The Rap & Hip Hop Quiz Book. For which album did Dizzee Rascal win the 2003 Mercury Prize? What was the name... more...